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Book Clubs

Writer Aims To Visit 365 Book Clubs in a Year

On this encore edition of the Morning Media Menu, we spoke with Jennifer Miller, a novelist who visited 76 book clubs in a single month.

To promote her novel, The Month of the Gadfly, she now hopes to visit 365 book clubs in a year. Miller also shared practical advice for other authors looking to connect with book clubs.  Press play below to listen on SoundCloud. Here’s more about the project:

Each club member will receive a signed bookplate and entry into the Book-Club-In-A-Box Giveaway with some of my favorite goodies, and every organizer will receive a free copy of the novel. Your group will also be mentioned in the official RecordSetter.com page. All you need to do is propose an event here on Togather, rally a minimum of four people to read Gadfly, and voilà — you and your group will be part of history!

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‘The Bone Season’ Novel Selected to Launch the TODAY Show Book Club

The TODAY Show has launched the TODAY Book Club. Samantha Shannon’s newly released novel, The Bone Season, has been named the inaugural selection.

On September 16th, Shannon will appear with news anchor Natalie Morales at a Google Hangout. Follow this link to RSVP for this digital event. Click here to watch a Today Show clip with an announcement about this book club.

Here’s more from the press release: “Part of a continuing series, the TODAY Book Club team will choose unique books across every major genre, and selections will be announced on TODAY a few weeks in advance of each of the Google Hangout discussions. All TODAY fans are invited to participate and will be able to sign up for these special discussions upon each announcement of a new book selection. TODAY Book Club discussions will be archived and available to replay on demand at TODAY.com/BookClub.”

How Writers Can Connect with Book Clubs

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Jennifer Miller, a novelist hoping to break the world record for most book club events in a single month.

She will try to promote her novel, The Month of the Gadfly, by visiting 100 book clubs in 30 days. Miller also shared practical advice for other authors looking to connect with book clubs.  Press play below to listen on SoundCloud. Here’s more about the project:

Each club member will receive a signed bookplate and entry into the Book-Club-In-A-Box Giveaway with some of my favorite goodies, and every organizer will receive a free copy of the novel. Your group will also be mentioned in the official RecordSetter.com page. All you need to do is propose an event here on Togather, rally a minimum of four people to read Gadfly, and voilà — you and your group will be part of history!

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Stephen Colbert Starts ‘cOlbert’s Book Club’ with ‘The Great Gatsby’

The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert plans to launch “cOlbert’s Book Club.”

For the first installment of this humorous “rip off” of Oprah Winfrey‘s book club, Colbert plans to discuss The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jennifer Egan and filmmaker Baz Luhrmann will be his first guests on Thursday, May 9th. The video embedded above contains the full announcement–what do you think?

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Free Books at Mediabistro Book Club in NYC

0912_bookclub_150x100.jpgYou can read all the online book reviews in the world, but nothing beats real-world conversations between readers and authors.

To help our community grow, we will host another Mediabistro Book Club on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at The Stand.

Follow this link to RSVP. The free event will feature giveaway books and lots of literary conversation.

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Submit Your Book to Mediabistro Book Club in April

0912_bookclub_150x100.jpgYou can read all the online book reviews in the world, but nothing beats real-world conversations between readers and authors. You can share your work at our free Mediabistro Book Club April 2, 2013 in New York City.

If you are an author or publicist looking to participate, you can follow this link to apply. The deadline is Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). If you are a reader, mark your calendar–the next installment of our free book club will feature four authors from different genres, tons of book giveaways and plenty of practical conversation. The location will be announced soon.

Check it out: “Mediabistro is proud to announce the Mediabistro book club, where authors can highlight their latest work for Mediabistro party attendees. At the event, four authors will mingle and share drinks with Mediabistro’s influential audience and read a five minute selection from their work.”

Book Club Members Outnumbered by Bird-Watchers

5.7 million Americans now belong to book clubs, compared to 5.8 million bird-watchers in our country.

ProQuest has released the Statistical Abstract of the United States 2013, taking over the annual volume of American demographics from the Census Bureau.

The New York Times had some key facts: “Liquor stores outnumber bookstores by three to one (the average household spent $100 annually on reading materials and $2,504 on other forms of entertainment). More Americans belong to a fantasy sports league (10.6 million) than to book clubs (5.7 million). Book club members are outnumbered by avid bird-watchers (5.8 million).” (Via Caitlin Shamberg)

Oprah Winfrey Picks The Twelve Tribes of Hattie as Her Book Club 2.0 Selection

Oprah Winfrey revealed her second Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. Published by Knopf, the book “tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one indomitable heroine.”

Winfrey explained her choice: “The opening pages of Ayana’s debut took my breath away … I can’t remember when I read anything that moved me in quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison.”

Winfrey will release an Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 edition of the book. She will interview Mathis on Sunday, February 3 at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN’s “Super Soul Sunday,” but the episode will air on Oprah.com and OWN’s Facebook page and on Oprah Radio’s “Oprah’s Soul Series” on Sirius radio.

New York City TransLit Commuter Book Club Launches

The New York City TransLit Commuter Book Club has opened for readers in the five boroughs. In December, public transit commuter club members will read This Machine Kills Secrets by Andy Greenberg.

Visit the club’s official Meetup.com page for more details. Readers can meet the author at the book club’s kickoff event–check out the event at Togather. The organizers were inspired by Seattle’s “Books on the Bus” club.

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Free Books at Mediabistro Book Club in NYC

0912_bookclub_150x100.jpgYou can read all the online book reviews in the world, but nothing beats real-world conversations between readers and authors.

In an ongoing effort to build community among readers, writers, and publishing types in real life, we are hosting our next Mediabistro Book Club tonight (November 14, 2012) from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at The Stand in Manhattan (see map).

Follow this link to RSVP for the free party. Our featured authors include:

Jen AdamsThe Books They Gave Me
Toby BallScorch City
Caitlin KellyMalled: My Unintentional Career in Retail
Kitty PilgrimThe Stolen Chalice

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